A White Soundtrack in a Black Neighborhood | Eater

How a change in the playlist can attract a different clientele
by Michael Arceneaux

Illustration by Vance Lump

I was drinking my day away at Harlem brunch spot the Grange — ask for a passionfruit Bellini and thank me later — when I looked around and wondered if I had been teleported to Williamsburg. The crowd here in Upper Manhattan had always been diverse, but that day it seemed noticeably whiter.

I just wanted to get some hot sauce and eat the Grange’s bomb-ass sweet potato and kale hash with duck in peace — not ponder the racial politics of new Harlem, that of gentrified brunchers versus old Harlem, the historic mecca of blackness. But there we were, me and two friends, looking like three lonely blacks at a Journey concert.

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